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Dr. Kate Burbury, MBBS(Hons) FRACP FRCPA DPhil
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria


Dr Burbury is a consultant haematologist; stream lead for myeloproliferative disorders (MPD)/chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) and lead clinician for haemostasis, thrombosis and peri-operative optimisation, including pre-habilitation, for all major cancer surgery patients at the VCCC. Kate is a member of professional societies, scientific committees, council member for Haematology Society for Australia and New Zealand, and actively involved in the development of expert guidelines and governance structures for both the institution and external working parties, including European Leukaemia Network: flow cytometry in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Dr. Wendy Erber, FRCPA FRCPath FAHMS
The University of Western Australia


Professor Erber graduated in Medicine with 1st class honours from the University of Sydney. She undertook her Haematology training at the Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney and the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In Oxford her research led to Doctorate of Philosophy. She has held Consultant Haematologist posts in Western Australia and in Cambridge, UK. From Cambridge she returned to Australia in 2011 to take up the appointment as Chair and Head of the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia. In December 2016 she was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Professor Erber continues to be active in diagnostic and translational research in haematology.

Dr. Cecily Forsyth, MBBS FRACP FRCPA
Jarrett Street Specialist Centre, NSW


Dr Forsyth has worked as a clinical haematologist on the Central Coast of NSW for 20 years after training in haematology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She is passionate about improving rural and regional patients’ access to disease information, education and clinical trials, and providing educational opportunities for haematology trainees and haematology nurses. Her main clinical and research interest is myeloproliferative neoplasms and she has collaborated on Australian and International studies in these disorders. She is a member of the ALLG CML and MPN Disease Group Committee and has established the Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Registry (MPN01) on behalf of the ALLG.

Dr. Steven Lane, MBBS, PhD FRACP FRCPA
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, QLD


Associate Professor Lane is a clinical haematologist interested in all aspects of benign and malignant haematology, with a particular focus on myeloid disorders such as acute myeloid leukaemia, myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative neoplasms. He achieved his medical degree from the University of Queensland and subsequently completed his clinical training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital. As a research head at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, his lab concentrates on basic science research to discover new treatments for myeloid disorders such as myeloproliferative neoplasm and acute myeloid leukaemia.

Dr. Andrew Lim, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA
Austin Hospital, Victoria


Dr Andrew Lim is a clinical haematologist at Eastern Haematology Oncology Group and a staff specialist in the Department of Clinical Haematology at Austin Health. Andrew obtained his degree from the University of Melbourne and has trained in haematology at Austin Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He holds dual Fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Andrew has held appointments at Western Health and Dorevitch Pathology.

Dr Lim has experience in all aspects of haematology including laboratory diagnosis of various haematologic conditions; management of haematologic cancers, blood clotting and disorders of iron; and dealing with abnormal blood test results. He also has expertise in bone marrow transplantation.

SA Pathology, South Australia


Dr Ross is a consultant haematologist at SA Pathology with clinical appointments at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, Australia. His PhD was on the topic of minimal residual disease and treatment-free remission in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). He has been an investigator in numerous clinical trials, including the landmark COMFORT-1 study of ruxolitinib in myelofibrosis. He supervises the diagnostic haematology service at SA Pathology and is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. His clinical and research interests include CML and Ph-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute.


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